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Harrowsmith Winter 2018

Harrowsmith is still the reliable go-to for gardeners, weekend carpenters, homesteaders, hobby farmers and urban dwellers with romantic fantasies of country life. Harrowsmith publishes four issues a year in conjunction with the seasons.

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4 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
our contributors

MICHAEL BUMA is the author of Refereeing Identity: The Cultural Work of Canadian Hockey Novels. His writing about sports and culture has appeared in Canadian Literature, The Allrounder, Matrix, Studies in Canadian Literature and several edited essay collections. After teaching literature, culture and sport for a number of years at Western University in London, Ontario, he is now working in product development, where he typically focuses on software, rather than backpack Zambonis. MARK AND BEN CULLEN Mark is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and tree advocate and holds the Order of Canada. His son, Ben, is a fourth-generation urban gardener and a graduate of the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University in Halifax. Follow them at markcullen.com and facebook.com/markcullengardening and catch them biweekly on Global TV’s national morning show, The Morning…

2 min.
a time to celebrate

At Harrowsmith, we’re always looking for Canadian stories to tell. Our country is rich with mindful, hard-working people doing fascinating things. Peter Burt and Robin Crane are one such couple. They’re making a living in Bonavista, Newfoundland, by sourcing salt from the pristine ocean waters that surround them and turning it into expertly crafted flake salt for restaurants and retailers across the country. As Peter says, “There’s nothing more Newfoundland than the ocean that surrounds us, and we’re consuming it now.” (Turn to page 77 for the story.) It’s not easy work, particularly in the winter, and we can imagine that as this issue comes out, Peter and Robin are bracing themselves for another season of hard work over long, cold days. And yet the rewards—of entrepreneurship, of producing something homegrown,…

1 min.
making the most of winter

As I write this, the leaves are changing colour. It’s a cool, wet day—perfect for cozying up with a good book, mug of hot cocoa or bowl of soothing soup. Truth be told, as much as I love the outgoing days of summer, I’m already looking forward to staying in, doing touch-ups around the house, baking healthy sweets for my family and just generally lounging around. Still, the drop in temperature is no excuse for avoiding the great outdoors, and this issue we give you plenty of reasons to get outside. From ice fishing to skating to simply walking on your favourite paths, winter offers us the chance to see the world around us through fresh eyes. So, grab a cup of tea or coffee, settle in and read on, as we…

1 min.

FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE Editor’s note: We originally posted this on Facebook, but we just had to share! “We’re only human here at Harrowsmith—we love to know that we’re being talked about in print, tweets and at coffee counters across the country. Thanks to our Canmore, Alberta, contributor, Jocey Asnong, who sent an alert after seeing this Instagram post by her friend Annie Murray. This is Annie’s dad, Ken, going with the grain in the Kootenays, British Columbia. ‘We’re going full Harrowsmith today: repairing and refinishing a night stand, a chair, and an ironing board.’ FULL HARROWSMITH! We have become a verb! For all of you out there who love a good DIY, our fall almanac (out August 6th) will prep you for the winter ahead. Canada's Best Handyman, Steve Maxwell, offers…

5 min.
beer, raisin bread, art and frozen boots

On April 4, 2018, filmmaker and ultramarathoner Caroline Côté headed off on a 2,000 km (1,243 mile) solo expedition across Quebec, skiing, biking, canoeing and walking her way to the finish line, in Montreal. Along the way, Côté—who is no stranger to adventure, having sailed the Atlantic and paddled over 3,200 km (1,988 miles) down the Yukon River—followed the power lines the city’s electricity runs through, filming the landscapes and people she encountered on her journey. Organized by Hydro-Québec, the aim of the ÉlectrON expedition was to showcase Quebec, its power grid and the people who live there. Here, Côté talks about her expedition experience and her favourite things about her hometown of Montreal. Harrowsmith: What did you learn from your expedition about power and the cities it fuels? Caroline Côté: I…

2 min.
winter wonderland

We have met many Canadian gardeners who think that the “winter garden” is a waste of time. We say, “Not so.” A long, cold Canadian winter can be made considerably warmer and more interesting when you plan your garden with winter interest in mind. Many plants may scarcely be noticed in spring and summer, when they provide the background against which showy annuals and perennials dazzle your eyes. In the winter, however, these background plants—evergreens, shrubs, trees and vines—take on a featured role thanks to their bark colour, berries and shapes. Even shrouded in a deep coat of snow, an evergreen or the dried seed head of a sunflower takes on new meaning. Views that were hidden by deciduous foliage during the growing months suddenly burst into prominence. Winter is a great…